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Virginia Main Street Summer Toolkit
Entrepreneurship and Downtown:
Supporting and fostering local entrepreneurs
July 16-17, 2014
Charley’s Waterfront Café
201 Mill Street
At the core of any downtown revitalization effort is understanding the need for unique and local shopping and dining opportunities, which are owned by local entrepreneurs. Often times, these business owners and potential business owners need encouragement, support and assistance to make their dreams a reality.
How can Main Street organizations really support these entrepreneurs and small businesses? Entrepreneurship and Downtown: Supporting and fostering local entrepreneurs, the 2014 Virginia Main Street Toolkit, is designed to help communities focus the Main Street Four Point Approach ® on exactly that question.
Join the state’s engaged network of downtown revitalization professionals and volunteers for this fast-paced, interactive event.
The Virginia Main Street Program is a preservation-based economic and community development program that follows the Main Street Four-Point Approach™ developed by the National Trust Main Street Center. Virginia Main Street offers a range of services and assistance to communities interested in revitalizing their historic commercial districts. While the program was designed to address the need for revitalization and on-going management of smaller to mid-sized downtowns, aspects of the Main Street Approach™ may be applied successfully in other commercial settings.
As resources allow, Virginia Main Street holds a competitive application period for historic commercial districts who wish to become Designated Virginia Main Street Communities. While VMS is not accepting applications at this time, VMS is always looking to work with any historic commercial district, regardless of their size and location.
All historic commercial districts that are interested in using the Main Street Four Point ApproachTM are eligible to become DHCD Commercial District Affiliate Partners.
- Virginia Main Street Program Guide
- Designated Virginia Main Street Communities
- DHCD Commercial District Affiliate Application
- VMS blog
- Revitalization Resources
- Upcoming Workshops (2014 VMS Training Opportunities)
- July 16-17, 2014 – VMS Summer Toolkit – hosted by Downtown Farmville – Farmville, VA
- September 9-10, 2014 – VMS Essentials – hosted by Old Towne Development Board – Winchester, VA